3 Friendsgiving menu ideas – Off Duty – Military Families – Military Families

Thanksgiving is one of my favorite times of the year. As a foodie, I love all get togethers surrounded by food preparation. Plus, this holiday offers the perfect opportunity to host other military families for a Friendsgiving celebration. 
Here are three ideas that will make your menu even better: 
Brining is the process in which sugar and salt are used to lock in moisture and flavor. This recipe is for a wet brine.
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You will first need a container large enough to fit the turkey, which includes submerging it in warm water. 
TIP: Many stores will also sell a poultry blend or herbs close to Thanksgiving time 
Duchess potatoes are like mashed potatoes, but they are piped into individual clouds of perfection. They can be made ahead (frozen, if need be), and then baked when you’re looking to serve them.
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You will want to make sure you have a piping bag and a large piping tip that allows for a sort of swirl pattern. 
If you never heard of icebox cake, you’re in for a treat. All you must do is make whipped cream, spread it on chocolate wafers and let it sit for 4 hours or overnight. In fact, making this dessert a day before adds to its perfect texture.
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The dry cookies absorb the whipped cream and become cakelike in texture. And while many of us have seen it made with chocolate wafers, did you also know you can make it with gingersnaps? I also add some Grand Marnier and orange zest to my whipped crème to make it even more Thanksgiving themed.
Amy Pottinger is an Air Force wife currently stationed in San Antonio, TX. The mom of two was a finalist on Food Network Star. Amy loves to explore her locations one ingredient at a time, while running a culinary blog called Caviar and Crayons at
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